in milwaukee, wisconsin senar ru feingold was 70 miles away in his hometown of jamesville at his own labor day rally. feingold is running for a fourth term. he's facing competition this time from ron johnson, a millionaire business executive who's never run for public office. for more we go to madison, wisconsin, joined by john nichols, the washington correspondent for "the nation" magazine, author of several books. he maintains the blog thebeatatthenation.com. john, tell us what's hapning in wisconsin. actually, now seen as a bellwether, russ feingold really has not been in danger before except when he first ran for senate. >> well, what's going on in wisconsin is what's really going on in most of the upper midwest. that is that while we haven't necessarily hit quite as high unemployment rates as some other parts of the country, the upper midwest has suffered from really severe deindustrializatio we have lost a lot of our best jobs in states like wisconsin, minnesota, illinois, indiana, ohio, michigan. so there's a great deal of discomfort. and that has ricochetted hard against the democrats.